Among the huge number of life forms on Earth that are known to mankind, many microorganisms are found in the depths of the ocean. These tiny micro-organisms can be dazzlingly colorful, or they can have scary shapes. Your attention is presented to the recently discovered varieties of microorganisms: phytoplankton and zooplankton, which play an important role in regulating the climate of the entire planet.
Unfortunately, such organisms are disappearing very quickly due to climate change. The Tara Okins project is a study for which a 118-foot schooner and a team of researchers were specially commissioned. They took on the task of discovering and collecting these exciting life forms. The team has just completed a trip that lasted 2.5 years. In the photo you can see their interesting finds.
These microorganisms are just the tip of the iceberg. Next year the team will visit the Arctic to build a new inventory of the region’s biodiversity, and in 2014 they will head to the Pacific Ocean to study coral reefs. Research is also planned in South Asia, which has not yet been visited.
Continue reading about other micro-organisms in water found in other studies.